A heartwarming coming-of-age tale set in 1940s Yazoo, Mississippi. Willie Morris (Frankie Muniz) is an introverted eight-year-old whose best friend is Dink Jenkins (Luke Wilson), a high school football star. Willie's mother convinces his stern father to buy Willie a puppy for his ninth birthday, in light of the fact that Dink has left Yazoo to fight in the war. Immediately, Willie's world brightens. When he stumbles upon a team of evil bootleggers and welcomes home a despondent Dink, he must learn a very valuable lesson about life. Based on Morris' memoir, MY DOG SKIP should have even the most hardened viewer reaching for the tissues.
Broderick Johnson - Producer
Mark Johnson - Producer, "Donnie Brasco"
Luke Wilson - Actor
Diane Lane - American actress,
Daylan Honeycutt - Actor
Moose - Famous Canine, Original Eddie in FRASIER
Andrew A. Kosove - Producer
David Bomba - Production Designer
David James Bomba - Production Designer
David J. Bomba - Production Designer
Frankie Muniz - Film & television actor, MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE
Gail Gilchriest - Screenwriter
Bradley Coryell - Actor
Harry Connick Jr. - American Actor/Crooner
James L. Carter - Director of photography
John Lee Hancock
Gary Winter - Editor
Willie Morris - Source Writer
William Ross - Composer
Clint Howard - Rance Howard is father; Ron Howard is brother
Kevin Bacon - Omnipresent American actor, FOOTLOOSE, MYSTIC RIVER
Enzo the Dog - Famous Canine Actor, 2nd Eddie from FRASIER
Eddie - Famous Canine Actor, 2nd Eddie from FRASIER
Peter Crombie - Actor/"Seven"
Harvey Rosenstock - Editor
Caitlin Wachs - Actress
Bill Butler - Star, MY DOG SKIP
Cody Linley - Actor
Edi Giguere - Costume Designer
Willie Morris (Muniz) is an eight-year-old citizen of World War II-era Yazoo, Missippippi. A little on the shy side, he is continually the brunt of the jokes of his more extroverted, athletic classmates, most notably boisterous Big Boy Wilkinson and his two equally devious henchmen. Willie's only true friend is high school football star Dink Jenkins (Wilson), his encouraging next door neighbor who also happens to be heading off to war. When Willie's mother Ellen (Lane) proposes to his father, Jack (Bacon) the idea of giving the boy a puppy for his ninth birthday, protective war veteran Jack protests, reason being that his withdrawn son isn't ready for the responsibility and emotional investment which comes with the territory. Jack finally gives in, though, giving Willie not only a new best friend, a Jack Russell terrier named Skip, but also the acceptance of other children, including the prettiest girl in school, Rivers Applewhite. Everything is perfect for a while, but, Willie's innocent existence in Yazoo is rattled when he and Skip discover that some mean bootleggers are hiding their product in the town cemetery and his idol Dink returns from war-torn Europe with some demons to confront.
Theatrical release: January 2000. The Broadcast Film Critics Association named MY DOG SKIP Best Family Film (live action) of 2000.
"...Superior family entertainment..." Variety, p.109-13
"...Undeniably affecting....[The terrier] is irresistible..." - 02/??/2000 Movieline's Hollywood Life, p.33
"...[Muniz] teaches it new tricks....Kudos also to Bacon..." -- Rating:B+ - 07/28/2000 Entertainment Weekly, p.161
"...MY DOG SKIP is a glowing slice of nostalgia..." - 09/01/2000 Sight and Sound, p.45
"...A relaxed, modest evocation of the mythology of small-town mid-20th century American childhood....[Bacon] delivers a beautifully understated performance, as does Diane Lane..." - 01/12/2000 New York Times, p.E1
"...The sweet thing about MY DOG SKIP is the way it understands the friendship between a kid and a dog..." - 03/30/2000 Chicago Sun-Times, p.25